There was a ripple of excitement here last week when we discussed the revelations that series two of Fargo would be set in the 1970s and focus on Lou Solverson, who has recently returned from serving in Vietnam. I loved this anthological approach, and can’t wait to see what Noah Hawley and co have cooked up for this second series. And there’s more good news today…
One of our favourite shows, the horrifyingly dark Hannibal, has been holding court at ComicCon in San Diego, which is now more about TV and movies as it is about comics. The Hannibal Lecter prequel series, which has enjoyed two terrific if flawed runs will be back for a third series, but showrunner Bryan Fuller has admitted that season three will be split into two (so, erm, season three and then season four?).
There’s no doubt about it; Fargo has been one of my favourite shows of the year. It was terrifying, comical, clever, twisty, turny, violent, touching and engrossing. Pretty much all at once. That’s quite a combination and in any other hands it would have been conceived in a convoluted and messy way. Instead, Noah Hawley and his team realised the world of Bemidji and its inhabitants with supreme aplomb. News reached yesterday that Hawley had spoken about series two, which will premiere in the US towards the end of next year. Have a look at what he said…
I’ve started to follow the gestation of Batman-prequel fairly closely, even though, whisper it, I’m a bit ambivalent to the super anti-hero. My interest in the prequel series – broadcasting on US network Fox in the autumn – stems from the fact that a) it’ll be one of the most talked-about series of the new season, and b) it follows the adventures of a nascent Jim Gordon, who’s patrolling the streets. New is being drip-drip-drip fed in typical PR fashion, and now we have a new morsel to chew over.
The one thing that US networks do very well is the police procedural. It always astounds me that shows like CSI, Law & Order and NCIS (and even edgier stuff like Elementary) can maintain such a high standard despite each series lasting for what feels like 17 years. With autumn fast approaching (sort of), we’re readying ourselves for an avalanche of new series. US show Stalker is one of them.
When it comes to crime drama, the big ticket at this year’s Theakston’s Crime Writing festival was the Broadchurch panel session. It comprised writer and creator Chris Chibnall, actors Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker, and crime writer Erin Kelly, who has adapted the series into a novel. Chaired by the Radio Times’ Alison Graham, it was a delightful hour of insight, fun and a few interesting tributes regarding the much anticipated series two.
We’re firmly ensconced at the Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival this weekend and in among the superb panel sessions featuring some great crime fiction writers are talks with crime drama people. One such author who crosses over into the crime drama sphere is Lynda La Plante, doyenne of era-defining drama like Prime Suspect. Here are the top lines from her chat this morning.